Katasani accused of harassing a social activist and her colleague over land issue
Patnam Rajeswari, a social activist and her colleague Laxmi Devi, lodged complaints with the State Human Rights Commission against Panyam MLA Katasani Rambhupal Reddy and his followers accusing them of subjecting them to harassment.
Ms. Rajeswari alleged that about 50 followers of the MLA pitched a tent in front of her house and issued threats to her life. According to her, the MLA wanted her to vacate the land which he reportedly bought.
She said they were rightful owners of the land and refused to vacate it.
She alleged that the henchmen of MLA tried to demolish her house a few days ago and withdrew after she sought the help of the media persons.
Also, the supporters of MLA allegedly raided the house of her friend Laxmi Devi and beat her up.
The police refused to accept any complaints from the aggrieved women, she alleged. The MLA was trying to isolate her by threatening her relatives and well-wishers and forcing her to vacate the land.
Ex-MLA’s son held
Meanwhile, the Vuyyuru Rural police on Monday arrested former MLA Vangaveeti Chalapathi Rao’s son, V. Meghanath, his cousin Vangaveeti Vamsi Krishna and his friend, K. Venkata Naga Kurma Rao, for allegedly kidnapping a person. The accused were produced in court and remanded in judicial custody.
According to Sub-Inspector P. Krishna Mohan, K. Chandramouleswara Rao left home around 10 a.m. on May 26 and did not return.
After some time, the accused called up the victim’s father over phone and informed him that they had detained Mr. Rao and demanded repayment of Rs.4.50 lakh loan allegedly taken from them for his safe release.
The trio abducted Rao, purportedly confined him and beat him up.
They also threatened him of dire consequences, said Mr. Krishna Mohan.
Following a complaint, the police raided the house of the accused and rescued Rao. Cases have been registered against the arrested persons under Sections 365 of IPC (kidnap), Section 506 (criminal intimidation), Section 384 (extortion) and Section 324 read with 34 of IPC (causing hurt), said the SI.